Fire and Rescue

Fire Chief John Lewis

John Lewis,
Fire Chief

Welcome to the City Of Zion

Fire and Rescue Department

Zion Fire Department In Action

City of Zion Fire Department

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Zion Fire & Rescue Paramedics training inside an ambulance.   Zion Fire & Rescue Department Open House 2012
Zion Fire & Rescue Department participating in an ice rescue.   Zion Fire Fighters training.
Zion & Rescue Department responding to an accident with a passenger trapped inside the vehicle.   Zion Fire Fighters participating in a controlled burn.
FF/PM's Costello and Arnold douse the vehicle fire using foam. Using a water/foam mixture has proven to be a very effective firefighting tool.
August 24, 2011
  FF/PM Costello prepares to extinguish a vehicle fire. As smoke and fumes are dangerous and spread quickly we always wear full protective equipment for all fires of this nature.
August 24, 2011
Training this month included sports injuries. Here Gold Shift members practice securing an injured football player. August 18, 2011   Gold Shift members practice flowing water at a morning pumper drill in an effort to determine how much water is available from our City hydrants. August 18, 2011
Zion and Lake County Trench Rescue Technicians train with the Zion Public Works workers on techniques and operations during a trench cave-in exercise. June 16, 2011   Zion and neighboring departments regularly train together, as we often work together on emergency scenes. Here Zion, Winthrop Harbor, Beach Park, and Newport Township crews train with ladders from different trucks at Beach Park Middle School. June 7, 2011
Zion Applebee's hosted firefighters April 29-May 1 as part of their Sizzling Skillet - Extinguish Your Hunger campaign. We thank them very much, and the skillets were great!   Zion Applebee's hosted firefighters April 29-May 1 as part of their Sizzling Skillet - Extinguish Your Hunger campaign. We thank them very much, and the skillets were great!
FF/PM Nick Urbanik staffed the booth for Senior Resource Day held at the Zion Leisure Center, April 20, 2011   This is a buried fire hydrant, which is what we encounter when responding to a fire following a snow storm. Making sure your nearest hydrant is cleared makes our job much easier, and also helps us put your fire out quicker! Please help us out!
This a good example of how a cleared out hydrant should look. We can easily hook up to this and get more water on the fire rather than take time to have to dig to it.  

FF/PM Eric Pursche working to clear a hydrant following the big blizzard of February 2011.

Zion crews responded on a Motor Vehicle Accident, February 4, 2011.  Luckily there were no serious injuries as a result.  

ZFD crews responded on a vehicle vs. house motor vehicle accident; luckily injuries were not life-threatening. November 18, 2010.

Some Zion and other Lake County firefighters also are trained to stabilize damaged structures so they are not a hazard for residents until proper repairs can be made. Here our members, with the help of a crew from the Newport Township Fire Dept, work to "shore up" the damaged building. November 18, 2010
Here FF/PM Rick Gripko is working on removing a door using the hydraulic spreaders. Thanks to BC Automotive for donating cars and their property to practice on! November 9, 2010.

Lt. Justin Stried giving a safety talk to a group of ZB students let by teacher Donna Ianson, Nov. 3, 2010.

  In addition to a full month of Fire Prevention activities, shift members still found time to conduct required training. Here FF/PM Rocky Campanella clears a hydrant during pumper & hose training, October 29, 2010.
FF/PM Chris Arnold demonstrates a stove fire extinguishment at our open house, Oct. 23, 2010.

Fire Department members Lt. Justin Stried and FF/PM Dane Costello (along with PD Sgt. Rick Brown) provided an escort for Marine Justin Petersen, who recently returned home after 8 months in Afghanistan.

FF/PM Jason Messick talks to a group at East School as part of October's Fire Prevention Activities, October 4, 2010.


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